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Cairngorms National Park
Travel Guide – Scotland

Cairngorms National Park Weekend Break

Situated in the Highlands region of Scotland, Cairngorms National Park is an area of intense natural beauty that nature lovers are sure to enjoy exploring.

The area covers more than three thousand square miles that is scattered with wide open glens, mighty mountains, large lakes and a vast collection of other types of natural features. A number of impressive hiking trails can be found here and visitors will have the chance to spot wildlife roaming freely as they soak up the scenery.

Things to see and do in Cairngorms National Park

Visitors who want to take a short stroll through the woods should take the time to follow the Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail. Located near the village of Feshiebridge, this picturesque trail leads visitors past a series of sculptures that were created by Frank Bruce from 1965 to 2009.

Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Skiers relaxing outside the Ptarmigan top station on Cairngorm Mountain, Scotland, enjoying a combination of perfect snow and weather conditions.

People who have a head for heights and plenty of stamina are sure to love mountain climbing in Cairngorms National Park. One of the world’s most challenging climbs can be found here in the form of the grade XI trail known as the Hurting, while there are also plenty of gentler mountain climbing experiences to enjoy here.

Anyone who chooses to visit Cairngorms National Park between November and February will have the chance to take part in a range of exciting winter sports including winter mountain climbing. There are some stunning slopes to enjoy at Cairngorm Mountain Ski Resort and equipment hire and lessons are available here.

People who have a strong sense of adventure are sure to enjoy white water rafting. This adventure sport is offered by a number of local companies and presents an adrenaline pumping way to experience the wild beauty of Cairngorms National Park.

Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Skiers uplifted on the Cairngorm Mountain Funicular railway on a day of perfect weather and perfect snow conditions.

People who want to experience the beauty of the area in comfort and style can take a ride on the Funicular Railway at CairnGorm Mountain. This is the only funicular railway in Scotland and takes visitors to the Top Station that is located at 3,500 feet and provides spectacular panoramic views from the special viewing platform, while visitors can also take in a little refreshment at the onsite restaurant.

Climate conditions

Due to its high elevation, the climate in Cairngorms National Park is generally rather chilly and temperatures often reach below zero around the end of the year. Summers can also be rather cold and while there are plenty of dry and sunny days to enjoy between June and August, visitors should wrap up warm if they wish to explore the stunning countryside.